This yr, the journal turned 25 years outdated, and our community of cultural journals celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the primary European Assembly of Cultural Journals, which passed off in Switzerland in 1983.
Connecting editors and writers throughout the Iron Curtain was an unimaginable process set out again then. The founders succeded in that, and at this time our community numbers above 100 journals, magazines and associates. However now, we face new divisions in and round Europe. Nonetheless we keep that cultural publishing is essential to understanding and responsibly navigating any age – particularly an age of chaos and speedy change, like this one.
Eurozine has bounced again from the sting of collapse numerous instances – our monetary scenario in 2022 was the bottom level up to now. After final yr’s hardship, this yr noticed us constructing again with a vengeance, and we even launched new ventures: Eurozine is among the many co-founders of the brand-new Show Europe platform, and we have now simply launched our new weekly speak present. Yow will discover extra about these beneath.
Fact be advised, Eurozine’s operations are nonetheless removed from regular: the workforce is stretched skinny with an enormous bundle of labor, and our financing will not be secured past mid-year in 2024. Our readers are rising in numbers, nonetheless, which is all the time a fantastic reassurance that our work in related and appreciated. Please, in the event you can, do contemplate supporting Eurozine, so we will hold the community going and the journal impartial and free.
And now, let’s see the most well-liked articles of 2023!
Quite a few alarming warmth data have been damaged this yr, throughout all seasons and between hemispheres. World heating in simple, even when the favored discourse nonetheless takes its time to understand it in full. Celia Fernández’s article got here to Eurozine from our collaborator, the Inexperienced European Journal, and it’s a related learn for each reader, whatever the season they’re having fun with proper now.
Jan Sowa seems to be at modernity nearing the top of its path, and considers what comes after:
Now, as capitalism teeters on the point of devastating our complete ecosystem and as liberal modernity splinters, we have to solid our sights past capitalism, in direction of another fashionable imaginative and prescient.
It isn’t a superb time for nostalgia and melancholy, be it liberal or some other. If we fail to establish this new route, the top of historical past we heralded 30 years in the past would possibly ominously foreshadow the top for the world, not less than the world as we all know it.
Farmers are the holders of custom, stewards of the land and the consultant of small enterprise – in our political creativeness. In actuality, that is an agin career, increasingly dominated by huge land house owners, and the politicians who need their votes, are prepared to use stereotypes to serve the pursuits of huge enterprise in opposition to ecology and labour:
European farming is in dire straits. Regardless of agriculture being the EU’s largest finances merchandise, disbursing tens of billions of public cash a yr, the bloc has misplaced three million farmers over the previous decade. That may be a fee of 800 farmers leaving the career each single day. But extra regarding, they’re not being changed: the typical age of a European farmer is now 57. These statistics date again to the last decade from 2010 to 2020, earlier than the conflict on Europe’s doorstep between two agricultural superpowers put additional stress on meals producers, who’ve since struggled with quickly rising costs of inputs corresponding to feed, fertiliser and pesticides.
Your favorite sequence in 2023
What is going to Europe appear like, after ‘the conflict’? Effectively, that’s an unimaginable query. By the top of 2023, there are seven main armed conflicts ongoing, together with in Gaza, Sudan, and Ethiopia. Of all these, the Russian aggression in opposition to Ukraine is the one that almost all immediately shapes the European Union. The sequence was a world hit, numbering dozens of translations and republications, and its particular person articles quantity among the many most learn essays in Eurozine this yr. Nonetheless unimaginable ‘the top of the conflict’ is to foresee, it necessary to draft views. And that’s precisely what our Classes of conflict sequence did.
This debate sequence was curated by two of Eurozine’s co-founders, Klaus Nellen and Carl Henrik Fredriksson, who got down to distinction Europe’s response with the opposition to the Iraq invasion again in 2003.
Vasyl Cherepayn refuses to normalize the conflict, and doesn’t need to give into daydreaming about post-war reconstruction both.
… panic would truly be the suitable response to Russia’s conflict crimes … The worldwide group appears to be step by step accepting the atrocities as inevitable, a response that might beforehand have been completely unthinkable. Panic would maybe even be a simpler political response, probably triggering badly wanted worldwide motion …
However Europe nonetheless prefers to speak about genocide by way of historical past politics, reminiscence tradition, and ‘coming to phrases with the previous’, typically avoiding making use of the time period to the current for worry of its ‘relativization’.
An alliance cast by crises and devastation, the European Union has an opportunity to show itself to a disillusioned polity. However a quick-fix method gained’t reduce it, Natalie Tocci argues.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Claus Leggewie argue that for Europe to take care of political momentum, its relationship with the World South should essentially change.
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Belief is the widespread thread connecting our three most-read articles from 2023.
Katarzyna Boni’s article was shortlisted for the European Press Prize, and for good purpose: it begins by introducing a private relationship wildlife, and from it, unfolds a pathway to acknowledge and rethink our particular person and cultural obligations for ecology.
We now have become spectators. The extra we all know, the additional we transfer away from animals and animality. We not have any must make eye contact with them. Berger argues that the gaze of a beast has develop into a trigger for concern, even horror, in Western civilisation. In spite of everything, Homo sapiens is cultured, not simply one other kind of fauna. To look into the eyes of a wild animal is to set off a type of species-related narcissism, to show how far we have now come.
James Dodd writes about why conflict appears increasingly inevitable, in a spiral of self-deception. De-escalation is all the time doable, he argues.
Escalation is a elementary function of any conflict, nevertheless it shouldn’t be taken to be some figuring out issue rigidly fixing a causal chain of occasions. Violence has no intrinsic logic, it dictates no necessity; which means any given escalation of violence, as Carl von Clausewitz argued, is at its root a query of politics. We enter wars for political causes, and we solely resolve them with political means.
Wars develop into extra extended and damaging, extra mindless and debilitating, the extra distorted the political scenario turns into – choking off doable options to easily prolonging the violence, and with that giving conflict the misleading air of necessity.
Our most up-to-date enterprise, the brand new speak present Normal Time featured this dialog with two incredible journalists and a recurring reader favorite from our authors. On this dialog, we focus on how journalism is altering in form; how readers are inclined to type attachment to particular person authors slightly than media retailers these days; and whether or not both of the audio system need their youngsters to pursue media as a career. (No, ideally not.)
Mercy Abang is a Nigerian journalist, among the many most internationally commissioned from Africa. She’s the editor-in-chief of Unbiased the Information, based mostly in Berlin and curating a platform that goals to right the imbalance of typical media protection. Lina Chawaf leads Radio Rozana from Gaziantep, Turkey, broadcasting in Arabic to a Syrian viewers in Syrian in addition to in diaspora.
Social psychologist Péter Krekó is a returning champion of Eurozine’s prime lists – he was amongst our most learn contributors in 2022 and in 2021 too. This time, he shares the successful streak with distinguished colleagues – and our deeply beguiled editor-in-chief, who’s beaming with pleasure from the truth that she will get to satisfy authors.
A brand new enterprise
Eurozine turned 25 years outdated this yr, and we launched this weekly TV present a couple of weeks in the past, within the framework of a brand new platform we construct with greater than 15 worldwide companions: Show Europe. That is an try and scale up Eurozine’s work of three many years, by way of a brand new platform that gives articles, movies and audio content material from dozens of media companions and throughout 15+ languages. Take a look at the platform and comply with the speak present, the place we are going to function Eurozine authors and editors, in addition to media personalities from the Show Europe platform, and from throughout the continent.
Our New 12 months’s episode is out already: that is an unusually light-hearted one about offensive jokes and who will get to inform them.
Via thick and skinny
Admittedly, Eurozine has been dealing with monetary hardship since 2021. Regardless of all of the improvements, we’re nonetheless removed from regular now, as cultural funding is diminishing and our finances will not be secured past mid-year 2024. For the reason that pandemic lockdowns, we’ve been biting our tooth collectively and have maintained a pressured march, to safe and to additional develop Eurozine. Publishing is in a deepening turmoil, and high quality is among the many lesser concerns for main funders. That’s all of the extra purpose for us to understand our viewers – thanks, for sticking with us in 2023 and we hope to have you ever round within the new yr.
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